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9 Strategies to Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever

By: Vickie Milazzo
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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When you choose to participate in negative behaviors, they rub off on you. Think about it this way: If you’re struggling to achieve a goal, you shouldn’t hang out with someone else who is struggling to achieve that same goal. If you want to be great at golf, don’t hang out with a bad golfer.

Successful people tend to hang out with other successful people, not with people who whine about someone else’s success. Stick with the winners. The view from the top is meant to be shared. Find someone who’s already there to share it with, not someone who’s never seen it.

5. Expand what you’re willing to believe about yourself 

Studies show that women will underestimate their own abilities, judging themselves lower than their skills prove, while men overestimate their abilities, judging themselves more competent. If you see yourself as powerless, that’s what you will be. Any time you find yourself entertaining doubts or trying to limit what you believe is possible, remind yourself of your past successes. Let them infuse you with confidence and bolster your resolve.

Believing you can do it—whatever it is—is 90% of the win. When you expand what you’re willing to believe about yourself, you can transform who you are and what your life looks like.

6. Don’t wait for conditions to be perfect 

Along the way to becoming successful, you may have to redefine what success looks like for you. Conditions will never be perfect; there will always be something muddying the water, even if it’s just a little muddy.